I just learned from a gluten-sensitive friend the physiological workings behind the anxiety and depression that can come with gluten exposure. In susceptible individuals, gluten crosses the blood-brain barrier, and blocks the serotonin receptors.
A depressant drug in every bite.
This, then, makes me wonder if other people I know with diagnosed anxiety disorders could have their symptoms completely disappear if they would cut this scourge of modern frankenwheat out of their diets. I know it sure does the trick for me . . . I'm so glad to be free of the anxiety, panic attacks, night terrors, and depression. Yes, it takes some work to go gluten-free, but the benefits stand so tall, it's hard to even count the cost.
I think I need to make up a list, or even menu, of naturally gluten-free meals so those interested in trying gluten-free for a while don't have to go out and buy a bunch of expensive and different things. I haven't yet found anything like this online, so we'll see. Anyone interested?